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Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:34 am 
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Okay, so my 6 month old daughter has been having tastes since she was 4 1/2 months old, she would literally have a tiny amount of fruit/veg puree when we had our dinner. She has also had lumps of banana, strawberry (other relative soft fruit/veg) for the last month or so.

She loves her food and I try to give her various combinations (Mashed up roast dinner, yoghurts, as well as purees) so she can experience lots of flavour, but I am a little unsure of how to proceed with finger foods for her.

She loves her puree and is happy to try lumps of food, she will use her sippy cup independently but needs help once it needs to be tipped up more. She will feed herself with a small spoon but wont put it into the bowl to add more food. I have tried leaving lumps of banana on the tray for her but she hasnt tried to pick them up.

She is very dextrous and has been able to pick things up/pass them from hand to hand etc since she was 2-3 months old, so its not a matter of co ordination, is the banana too hard to see? What else can I try?

Sorry for the long ramble I just wanted some ideas of what to do next Smile

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Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:19 pm 
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Have you tried giving her things from your plate/that your eating. So if your eatinga banana break a bit off for her to try?
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Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:51 pm 
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Yes - she has lumps of banana all the time and has also tried: cucumber, tomato, lettuce, strawberry, nectarine, plum, raspberry, carrot etc.

I tend to use a ricer rather than blend everything now too. Can she have bread yet?

I just feel like I'm not encouraging her to try eat things herself - I know she wont be able to finger feed for a while but I dont think I'm giving her the opportunity.

I am also unsure of what things she should be trying - she has a huge range of fruit and veg but not much meat and 'meals'.

Thanks for the response Smile
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Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:30 pm 
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She can have pretty much anything you have. No whole nuts or Honey though.

She should be able to finger feed, try toast fingers (George loves marmite on his yuk). I found to begin with you needed to do quite big bits that they could fit in their fists with a bit poking out.

Chunks of cheese are also good, George preferred a stronger cheddar.
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Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:28 pm 
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Brilliant thanks - I just wasnt sure about things like bread and how to introduce the idea of her self feeding.

I dont want to follow a type of weaning, just do what seems right for her (I supposed that is BLW ) Laughing
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Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:37 am 
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I did a bit of both, finger foods and mashed up stuff. I found he was better with finger foods for brekkie and lunch as he was less tired.

Just go with your instinct, get some protective floor covering though as it can be a bit messy when they start to feed themselves.
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Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:10 pm 
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With Lola I would give her a meal then the finger foods as I felt you could never really tell how much she took in from it but gradually swap that over so she ended up completely self feeding.
I would suggest giving her whole things too. I know people say cut everything into bite size pieces but I found Lola couldn't pick up banana . . . but she can a whole one and can take her own nice sized bites from it. Obviously not with things like grapes or tomatoes but I just found Lola choked more when I gave her bite size things, so I'd give her a stick of cheese to nibble on or toast in the mornings.
She's also at the perfect age for raisins and she'll LOVE them! dried fruit too . . .
It really helped Lola to develop her skills!
You could try bread sticks, pasta, slices of meat, bits of chicken, biscuits, rice crackers, crackers, I could go on haha. I'd give her pretty much anything by now xx
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Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:13 pm 
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Thanks Hayley - I just felt really unsure as to what she could have. I tried her with a whole banana, as she loves to be independent, unfortunately she has eyes bigger than her belly and takes huge bites out of things! Laughing I think the fact that she already has 4/5 teeth is actually unhelpful, as she doesnt gum things, she does actually take a bite! Shocked

I am trying to encourage her putting food on the tray for her to play with (so some mashed up banana), she does seem to take food off her fingers. I just still feel a bit worried about giving her chunks as she is such a greedy guts. She happily has lumps in her food and I tend to put food through a ricer rather than pureeing it, she will have lumps of food individually too. She will hold and eat off a spoon herself but obviously I have to show her how to put in the bowl at the moment.

She has shown signs of lactose intolerance, she had colic until 4 1/2 months and colief was the only thing that worked and more recently I have tried yoghurts and if she has them too regularly she comes up in a rash on her face. So although I will continue to give her some dairy I dont want to over do it.

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Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:22 pm 
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Of course, you could go and have her tested and find out what it is in particular she is allergic to as it may not be the obvious and you could then just find yoghurt, cheese, etc which does not contain this ingredient. For example my friends little boy was only allergic to the egg white :/ strange haha!

I understand completely what you mean. I think you should get a video up on youtube of how to relieve your daughter from choking if you don't know already, I watched one a while back through 'millies trust' and I think it really helps you to feel confident in giving your child whole foods. I'm tipping Lola upside down regularly and smacking her back to dislodge one thing or another as she is very greedy also but I cant deny her!

I forgot to say, soreen do a banana bread type thing, try that Smile ...and their malt loaf! If Lola is poorly its all she'll eat xx
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Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:35 pm 
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Thanks - I'll have a look online at a video. Its just a bit scary when she takes such huge bites! Laughing

When I have said about allergies to the doctor they are very dismissive. I was worried about having her vaccinated, as my brother had a huge reaction years ago and to be honest they couldnt give a monkeys - they just said they have the equipment in case she does have a reaction. So its OKAY that she might have a reaction in the first place and when I asked them to prescribe colief - which is £11 a bottle and lasts 1 week they refused flat.

My doctor even refused to believe that the eczema I got on my legs was allergy related - but it stopped as soon as I used non bio . . .

To be honest I listen to drs but dont believe everything they say.
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Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:17 pm 
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I wouldn't believe a thing doctors say!! I'm not sure if you said that because you'd read my post a while back or not but . . .
I took Lola to see a doctor around 8 weeks back as she was on her third virus in 3 weeks, hadn't been eating due to catarr (or however you spell it) previous to this and wouldn't drink despite being a big drinker. Anyway the doctor said she was fine despite me making it clear how much liquid came back up without even reaching her stomach and that I was worried about dehydration. long story short I took her to a&e not long after because she sicked up another load of water and next thing I was being told she may not make it due to dehydration, had to drill a line into her shin bone and they began to treat her for meningitis as a precaution!

So if you think you different i'd trust your instinct!!
As for the reactions, you could insist they're done at the hospital which is where they immunise my friends little boy as they use egg to make them!
Also, i'd ask to see someone else and insist you get what you need!! good luck xx
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Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:15 am 
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I did see your post - shocking isnt it! I'm glad she's okay, poor little girl (did you commplain?).

Well I have refused to have any vaccinations done since her 9 week one, as she came up in a rash immediately afterwards and since has had rash after rash (she'd never had a reaction to anything before, which is why I decided to have her vaccination done). I dont disagree with vaccinations in general but have just found that the drs have been completely uninterested in her reaction to it (despite the fact they are supposed to report any reactions!!)

She was a small baby and I just feel that shoving 5 vaccinations into her in one go is not great but it is pretty impossible (unless you're wealthy and live in London) to get them done separately. I have chosen to wait until she is older to have them done - because I have no faith in drs or the government when it comes to vaccinations or even my baby's health in general.

I dont personally believe that all the children who have got measles werent vaccinated - its seems highly unlikely in my opinion (but the government wont report that info - so its just speculation)


BTW I'm not trying to be controversial and I am not judging people who have/do get their child vaccinated - its just how I feel about my child specifically. All my friends have had their children vaccinated with no issues. Smile
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Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:29 pm 
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hay raspich hun just read your post hun

my LO was lactos intolrance for a while but was caused by a virus (could of caused your LO's aswell) this may sound mad but try stopping all dairy for 1 week and put her on lacto-free baby milk as well for the same week (same as what i done to see if LO was but continued the rest of my LO diet) she has since grown out of it thank good

signs of lactos-intolorance

being hungry all the time
some times a rash and nappy rash (can last months and be really bad)
diarreah (cant spell the word sorry)and i dont mean a little bit and caqn be around 4-5 nappies like it a day
gripy tummy (sorry if spelt wrong) like colic/reflux

my little had all these and was bad for months she is now 16months and doing a lot better and now back on normal milk


if you dont want to remove the dairy completly try just removing odd ones for a week or 2 and see witch one that is causing LO's rash

as for finger foods hun go by what you think ur LO can cope with rusks are a good finger food and they melt in the mouth but all meals you have should be alright for little one apart from (no nuts) from what i remember cooked carrots broccoli coliflour sprouts potatos ham (jam sandwiches cut in to little triangle's) but watched while eating them might work hun hope some of this helps you out xx
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Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:23 pm 
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I'm planning to Bf still she is 1 and the gradually introduce cows milk. She has yoghurts but gets a rash if she has too much dairy and suffered from colic until 4 1/2 months old ( (colief was the only thing which helped as it breaks down the lactose - rather than getting rid of wind)

She is now storming ahead with finger feeding - she picks up and eats allsorts. I just needed to get confident with letting her try stuff!

She is now also eating the same food as us - just passed through a potato ricer. Very Happy

Thanks for all the help x x
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